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Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Taiwan_Student » 18 Apr 2012, 15:01

Sorry, I don't quite know where to post this.. It's a tech issue, a teaching issue or a travel issue?
Do they have large scale topographic maps like the ones published by US Geological Survey? The ones that show everything including buildings and fence posts.

I know they did. I saw some years ago in a library in Tainan but I could not follow up on where to buy them or if they are still published. The face of the land has changed quite a bit since the date of the map I saw... (1980), I need them for a little orientation lesson and scavenger hunt I want to do with my class.

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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby the bear » 18 Apr 2012, 15:11

Taiwan_Student wrote:Do they have large scale topographic maps like the ones published by US Geological Survey? The ones that show everything including buildings and fence posts.

I know they did. I saw some years ago in a library in Tainan but I could not follow up on where to buy them or if they are still published. The face of the land has changed quite a bit since the date of the map I saw... (1980), I need them for a little orientation lesson and scavenger hunt I want to do with my class.

Google Earth is no substitute for a map and a compass.


In 1980 there was no way you could have got hold of topographic maps. For security reasons (i.e. the red menace) topographic maps have only recently become available in Taiwan. Tramping shops are your best bet these days.
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Super Hans » 18 Apr 2012, 16:54

The best topographical maps are the ones produced by or for the military and the emergency services, but much of Taiwan is still not accurately surveyed. Maps available to the general public as far as I know (because I am constantly on the lookout for good maps) are mediocre at best, and as I found out to my cost, dangerously inaccurate at times.
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Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby headhonchoII » 18 Apr 2012, 17:40

There is also the fact that Taiwan has the fastest eroding mountains in the world, so I have heard and believe from my own eyes.
So up to date maps are very important.
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby PigBloodCake » 19 Apr 2012, 09:56

Taiwan_Student wrote:Sorry, I don't quite know where to post this.. It's a tech issue, a teaching issue or a travel issue?
Do they have large scale topographic maps like the ones published by US Geological Survey? The ones that show everything including buildings and fence posts.

I know they did. I saw some years ago in a library in Tainan but I could not follow up on where to buy them or if they are still published. The face of the land has changed quite a bit since the date of the map I saw... (1980), I need them for a little orientation lesson and scavenger hunt I want to do with my class.

Google Earth is no substitute for a map and a compass.


Did you check to see if there is one that is being supported on WMS?
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Steviebike » 19 Apr 2012, 11:19

I'm also struggling to find decent maps for Taiwan. How I miss OS maps of England...
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Super Hans » 19 Apr 2012, 14:01

OS maps really do set the bar. It's difficult to look at another map once you have used one of these.
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Steviebike » 19 Apr 2012, 14:06

Super Hans wrote:OS maps really do set the bar. It's difficult to look at another map once you have used one of these.


I even have the whole OS of England 1:50k scale for my Garmin. Sigh. Here I have city navigator... Can find any 7 Eleven in Taiwan though!?
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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Taiwan_Student » 19 Apr 2012, 14:47

I'm really not sure of the date.. but yes. The topographic map in my little hands was just like the maps that I played with as a kid romping around NJ. It happened to be in the Tainan University Library behind the train station. Sitting in one of those large dictionary/document stands. That about thirteen years ago.

I did a search of the Taiwan Geological Survey, from the name (US Geological Survey) and got this..

http://gis.mapsofworld.com/government/g ... aiwan.html

NO further details... though. My Chinese is not so good. My guess is, if they still publish, they'd have an index map and a site or address to place an order. Any help please thanks.


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Re: Large scale topographic Maps?

Postby Pingdong » 19 Apr 2012, 22:38

I don't have the link, but in the travel section someone posted this type of stuff I think.

one thing to seriously consider. if you are bushwhacking and making your own way, be aware that old maps are wrong. the earthquakes, landslides etc change the landscape enough to make things difficult. my maps are the old US ones form the 50s I think and I find a lot of things have changed. so dont depend too much on them, you may need to skirt back around a mountain after you run into half of it in a river bed. I like to get an idea with them and gogole earth. although it doesnt have elevation lines on google, you can get a good idea of the 3d situation a little better, and its more recent than many maps.


but there is a road atlas book, its a 2 part (north and south). they have elevations and hiking stuff. i forget teh name, the store that I went to said its out of print and will be available new again this year....???? if anyone has an old copy of the south, id like to buy it though. :)
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